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Children of the Grave – Hot Tea x Dondi

As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80's NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi's work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively. The result was a performance piece with Dondi's "Children of the Grave" series split up into small rectangles. Each rectangle was built up using individual strands of yarn in a grey color scheme to mimic the color of the subway. I then took Dondi's iconic subway whole cars and created stencils of them. I broke up the stencil into sections and created what you see. Every time a subway passes through the station, it is as if Dondi's work is back on the trains, just like they were back in the 80's. Rest peacefully Donald. You are missed by so many. April 7, 1961 — October 2, 1998 See more of Dondi's work - http://www.graffiti.org/dondi/ See more from HOTTEA - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hotandtea/ See more of Patrick's work - http://iampatricksullivan.com/

Figura insoslayable en la historia del graffiti, el fallecido Donald Dondi White es considerado uno de los graffiteros más influyentes de la historia, siendo pionero en el uso de técnicas que se convirtieron en standares dentro del movimiento con algunos trabajos fundamentales, como su serie de tres coches completos del subway ñuyorkino a la que llamó Children Of The Grave desarrollada entre 1978 y 1980, que fuera inmortalizada en imágenes por la famosa, genial y omnipresente fotógrafa Martha Cooper y uno de los protagonistas destacados de los venerados films Wild Style y Style Wars de 1983.

Para rendirle homenaje a influyente Dondi, el artista urbano conocido como HotTea, célebre en la Gran Manzana por sus intervenciones hechas con lana en los muros de alambre de la ciudad,  tuvo la fantástica idea de recrear su famosa serie Children Of The Grave en un dispositivo transportable a escala de manera tal que permite volver a ver el trabajo de Dondi en los coches del los trenes durante un segundo por un simple efecto de perspectiva, como pueden ver en el video sobre estas líneas… [Via]

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